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  • Neutral dpad: Use the direction pad to direct Billy on the screen. Billy can move in eight directions throughout all of the visible screen. However, the game will continue to scroll the scene forward, except during boss fights and other particular instances.
  • A button: Press the A button to direct Billy to fire his guns to his right.
  • B button: Press the B button to direct Billy to fire his guns to his left.
    • A button+B button: Press the A and B buttons down together to direct Billy to fire his guns straight ahead.
  • Start button: Press the Start button to begin a new game, or to pause the action mid-game.
  • Select button: Press the Select button during the game to pause the action and view the inventory/ammo screen.


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Billy is the bounty hunter who has accepted the mission to remove the Wingates and related threats from the once-prosperous gold mining town that has become the target of bandits. Each leader has a price on their head, and Billy is prepared to take them all down, one at a time.

In the original arcade version, Billy has only one option for weapons: his trusty pair of hand pistols. Billy is quite skilled with them, and he can fire them at a variety of angles. Unfortunately, the one thing he can't do is fire directly to either of his sides or behind him. Billy has an unlimited amount of ammo for these hand pistols, so don't hesitate to fire as rapidly as possible. (In the NES version, Billy can also purchase additional weapons if he has enough money. However, these weapons have a limited amount of ammunition.)

Guns are quite lethal, and most enemies will fall to the ground after getting hit with just one shot; this includes Billy. Anytime he is hit by a bullet, an explosion, or by direct contact with an enemy, he loses one life. If all of his lives are lost, the game is over. On most machines, the default setting is to award Billy an extra life at 30,000 points, again at 100,000 points, and at every additional 100,000 points thereafter.


During Billy's adventure, he will come across barrels. If he shoots those barrels, he may find items inside. These items can be collected for power-ups or bonus points. Billy can carry up to five of each power-up. However, carrying more than one does not increase the effect of the power-up. In other words, if Billy collects three speed-up boots, he will not travel any faster than he does if he has one speed-up boot. If Billy dies, he loses one of each power-up collected, so having more in reserve is simply a guarantee that Billy will remain powered up when he returns to the game with his next life.

Items in the NES and Famicom Disk System version of Gun.Smoke function mostly the same as their arcade counterparts, but there are a few differences.

Boots Rifle Bullets
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The boots incease Billy's normal walking speed.
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Collecting a rifle increases the distance at which Billy's hand pistols fire.
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Provides ammo for the special weapons that Billy can purchase from shops.
Money bag POW Cattle skull
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Collect these for 200 bonus points.
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Touching the POW symbol instantly knocks down any regular (non-boss) enemy on the screen.
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Touching one of these will reduce each of Billy's stored power-ups by one, so avoid them.
Horse Blue Yashichi Red Yashichi
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Provides Billy with a mount that can absorb three shots before it is defeated and Billy must resume walking.
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A blue Yashichi symbol provides Billy with temporary invulnerability, and he can kill enemies by touching them.
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A red Yashichi symbol provides Billy with one extra life.
Wanted poster
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Although you can purchase them from the shops, there is one hidden wanted poster in every stage that you can obtain for free if you can reveal its location. Without one, you will never encounter a boss, and the stage will continue forever.